Area donors contributed $9,081,997 to United Way of Central Florida in 2015, the largest amount ever raised in a year, campaign chair Kimberly Elmhorst announced at this morning’s annual meeting.

The 2013 campaign pulled in $9.03, and $8.8 was pledged in 2014, the organization said in a news release.

Award winners, from left, included Barney Barnett, Greta Dupuy and John Fitzwater

Awards given at this morning’s event include:

  • Philanthropist of the Year: Carol and Barney Barnett
  • George W. Jenkins Volunteer of the Year: Weymon Snuggs, COO of Citizens Bank and Trust and 2015-16 UWCF board chairman
  • Citizen of the Year: John Fitzwater, retired publisher of The Ledger and past president of Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland.
  • #GameChanger Award: David Robinson, CEO of DSM Technology.
  • Employee Coordinator of the Year: Greta Dupuy of Publix Super Markets Inc.
  • Outstanding Employee Coordinator Awards: Agency Partner – Lisa Brewer, Early Learning Coalition Polk; Small Company – William Lay, Kathleen Middle School; Medium Company – Amanda Hurles, Tiffani Gozdur, and Rachael Bennett, Citizens Bank and Trust; Large Company – Ronda Stutts, The Mosaic Company: Bartow Facility
  • Best New Campaign: Nujack Development
  • Summit Award: winners who ran model companies in the small, medium and large company categories went to ITW ProAp, Duke Energy and Lakeland Regional Health, respectfully
  • Spirit of Central Florida Award: City of Winter Haven

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